Homework

Homework #1 (Due 1/11 – 10:30am)

Goal: Practice careful listening.

1) Practice careful listening:

a) Sit in a place that you are familiar with for at least 15 minutes and list at least 25 sounds you hear.
b) Sit in a place that you are NOT familiar with for at least 15 minutes and list at least 25 sounds you hear.

2) Fill out this form with the lists of things you hear:  Homework 1

Homework #2 (Due 1/18 – 10:30am)

Goal: Practice field recording.  Learn the basics of the Ardour digital audio workstation software.  Edit together a first draft of a short commercial using the sounds that you recorded.

Tutorial Required for Completion:  All of parts Tutorial 1 should be completed before doing Homework 2.

Instructions for Checking out Recorders:  You will need to check out a ZOOM H1 recorder.  Instructions can be found here: Equipment Checkout Details And Instructions

1) Make some field recordings.  Think about the kinds of sounds you would like to use in your commercial and try to record them.

a) Record 10 sounds in a controlled environment such as your dorm room.
b) Record 10 sounds in an uncontrolled environment such as a large public space.

2) Use the field recordings that you have captured to create a first draft of a 29.5 second commercial for some product.  The product that you are advertising can be real or imagined.  Your commercial can be funny, serious or informative.  Be attentive to things like background noise, electrical noise, clipping within recordings and clippings in transitions between recordings.

3) Export your file as a .wav file and label it in the following format:

FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_HW2.wav

For example, Sasha’s first homework assignment would be labeled, SashaLeitman_StanfordMusic101_HW2.wav

Upload it to Soundcloud using the instructions in Tutorial 1e: Exporting and sharing files in Sound Cloud

Homework #3 (Due 1/23 – 10:30am)

Goal: Practice using some of the EQ techniques that we have learned to create a  final draft of your commercial.  Listen to other students work and give helpful feedback about some of the topics we have discussed in class.

Tutorial Required for Completion:  All of parts Tutorial 2 should be completed before doing Homework 3.

1) Finish the final version of your commercial.  Consider the following technical details:

a) Have you used amplitude fades to create smooth transitions between sound clips?
b) Are the levels in the different sections of your commercial appropriate?  Are some too loud or too quiet?
c) Is there anything you might want to do the EQ to make things like speech more intelligible?
d) Have you used at least one automation curve to create some sort of sonic effect such as panning or volume changes?

2)  Export your file as a .wav file and label it in the following format:

FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_HW3.wav

For example, Sasha’s first homework assignment would be labeled, SashaLeitman_StanfordMusic101_HW3.wav

Refer to the section in Tutorial 1 on Soundcloud to make sure that your file is in the appropriate format and is a public file that we can all access.

Homework #4 (Due 1/25 – 10:30am)

Goal: Practice careful and considerate listening while giving other students feedback on their commercials.  Investigate one sound artist on your own.

1) On Monday 1/23, You will be assigned into a random group of 5 students.  This will be your listening/feedback group for the rest of the course.  When you are given the names of the other members of your group, listen to their pieces on SoundCloud and fill out this form: Homework 4a: Group Feedback on Homework 3

Remember to be constructive and use the principle of generosity.  Comments should be useful and concrete.  Think of yourself as a sonic proofreader and practice your detailed listening skills.  Pay particular attention to details such as:

a) Is there any noise in the recordings?
b) Are the levels in the different sections of the commercial appropriate?  Are some too loud or too quiet?
c) Did the creator convey the right sonic tone? Did the sounds chosen match the intended goal of the commercial?
d) What do you particularly like about this piece?

2) Take one hyperlinked name from either

a) The “Sound Art” Wikipedia article   or

b) Non-US European Sound Art Database

Select a piece by this person.  Read about their work and fill out this form: Homework 4b: Sound Art Investigation

Homework #5 (Due 1/30)

Goal: Futher practice your sound editing skills.  Practice using reverb tastefully and un-tastefully.  Explore the art of Foley.

Tutorial Required for Completion:  All of parts Tutorial 3 should be completed before doing Homework 5.

1) You can download 6 different video clips HERE.  Create a new 1 minute soundtrack to the video. If the video you select is longer than 1 minute, choose a 1 minute continuous segment from this video to sonically rework.

a) Practice recording a number of real world objects to try to create realistic sounds that might go with the video you are using.
b) Use reverb to create a sense of place within your video.  Think about the environment in the video and make a decision about the type of effect you would like to create.

2) Send your completed videos to Eoin – and the other members of your group – by Dropbox or WeTransfer (ecallery@ccrma.stanford.edu).

Homework #6 (Due 2/1)

Goal: Plan your sci-fi soundscape midterm project.

1)Create a visual score/plan for the piece using the template supplied.
The visual score should be skectched out on an 8/5 x 11 piece of paper.

There should be a timeline at the bottom and you should draw out or write down what will be sonically happening at each moment.

Note the example presented in class on 2/1

Bring your drawing to class on Monday.

2) Watch each others short videos. An email with instructions will be sent to the enrolled students.

Homework #7 (Due 2/8)

Goal: Make progress on your midterm project.

1) Submit a rough draft of your midterm project

Homework #8 (Due 2/8)

Please submit a 3 -5 page response or report to the book.

The goal for this assignment is to get you to read the book.

MIDTERM PROJECT (Due 2/13)

Create an alien soundscape.

45 seconds – 2min long
Use any software you want.
No pre-recorded sounds or samples downloaded.

Think about the environment in which the sounds are happening.
Is this a representation of something?
Is this a documentary?
Are you telling a story? Is it dramatic?
Are there scene changes?
Are there surprise elements?

 

Export your file as a .wav file and label it in the following format:

FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_Midterm.wav

For example, Sasha’s first homework assignment would be labeled, SashaLeitman_StanfordMusic101_Midterm.wav

Upload it to Soundcloud using the instructions in Tutorial 1e: Exporting and sharing files in Sound Cloud

Homework #9 (Due 2/13)

Review your listening groups midterm project and suggest a piece to listen to in class.

Homework #10 (Due 2/15)

Goal: Plan your final project.

Homework #11 (Due 2/22)

Goal: Plan your final project.

1) Fill in the Final Project Proposal: Homework 11

Homework #12 (Due 2/27)

Goal: Talk to us, Make a map, Explore compression

Talk to Us: Come to office hours this week – mandatory.  It doesn’t matter which one you come to but you have to come meet with one of us to talk out your project.

Make a map:  Create a visual score/plan for your final project.
The visual score should be sketched out on an 8/5 x 11 piece of paper.  There should be a timeline at the bottom and you should draw out or write down what will be sonically happening at each moment.  Bring this map to class on Monday 2/27.

Compression
1) Submit 3 Examples of hard and soft compression on a voice
2) Submit 3 Examples of hard/soft compression on a musical instrument
3) Submit 3 Examples of hard/soft compression on ambient sound or a sound effects

Send the examples to Eoin ecallery@ccrma.stanford.edu.

Homework #13 (Due 3/6)

Goal: First Draft of Piece due, ready to be played in class.

Export your file as a .wav file and label it in the following format: FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_HW13.wav

It doesn’t have to be the whole thing but it does need to be a coherent idea to which you have committed.  A 30 second sketch is fine.

We will give you specific feedback by 3/8 on what we hear in class.

Homework #14 (Due 3/13)

Goal: Final Project should be essentially done and ready for in-class “proof-listening” and feedback for your final mix.

Export your file as a .wav file,  label it in the following format and upload it to Soundcloud: FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_HW14.wav

Homework #15 (Due 3/15) – Due before CLASS!

Goal: Final Project should done and uploaded to SoundCloud.

Export your file as a .wav file,  label it in the following format and upload it to Soundcloud: FirstNameLastName_StanfordMusic101_FinalProject.wav

In class, we will listen to the pieces by the students who cannot make it to the evening listening session.  Class will be short and you are welcome to leave after we listen to those select pieces.

Final Project Listening – Wednesday 3/15

CCRMA – Stage

6:30 – Dinner Provided